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JUNE CREATIVE MIXER - Thursday, June 14th 5:30-7:00



The Salida Council for the Arts (SCFTA) invites the public to attend the June Creative Mixer at the Salida SteamPlant Paquette Gallery on Thursday, June 14 from 5:30-7:00 pm featuring the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists and Guitarist Bob Campbell. 

ABOUT THE CREATIVE MIXER: Held every second Thursday, the Creative Mixer is a free monthly public gathering of those interested in knowing more about the local arts scene in a casual social setting. Held in the Paquette Gallery of the SteamPlant, anyone with information to share about upcoming creative and art- related events is encouraged to give a brief announcement. Attendees are welcomed to introduce themselves and may find new friends and collaborators at the “Mixer.” Free hors’ de oeuvres, a cash bar, beautiful artwork, great conversation, and music are always in abundance.   


FEATURED ARTISTS: Canniabis: A Visual Perspective is the exhibit about the Cannabis Genus of Flowering Plants. The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists has created an exhibit of botanical paintings of strains of the Cannabis species currently under legal cultivation in Colorado as agro pharmaceuticals or nutraceuticals, or fiber products. Each plant is beautifully and accurately portrayed in any of several archival media. All artworks are original for this collaboration and have not been previously exhibited.

Any confluence of art and science must blend together science and art in equal measure. Botanical art realizes this concept, conveying both beauty and information in elegance and style. Our artists carry this encounter to new heights of recorded observation and visual commentary, producing useful and timely portraits of various strains of species Cannabis sativa and C. indica. This genus of plants has historical and contemporary use in medicine, the fiber and paper industries, and recreation. Our educational goal is to depict various subspecies of these plants in their actuality rather than mythology, that the public may know and respect their ancient and ongoing utility.

FEATURED MUSICIAN: Guitarist Bob Campbell is the SCFTA musical guest for the June Creative Mixer. Bob’s family has been part of Salida for many years, going back to his grandfather “Bob” and his great grandfather. They would bring his mother and other family members to the upper Arkansas River Valley for vacation from their home in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Bob has made his home here for over the past 10 years. He participates in the singing group “You’ve Got Male” and serves on the Board of the Salida Museum. Bob is curently the Production Manager for KHEN community radio.

The exhibit was open to all botanical artists, including but not limited to members of RMSBA and the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA.) Artists who submitted works on the subject of ‘Cannabis’ were juried following standard botanical art tenets, assessing scientific accuracy, aesthetics, and technical mastery. Of note, the Colorado Front Range is a national center of contemporary botanical art, home to many nationally and internationally recognized artists. Several current RMSBA members’ works reside in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, the most prestigious US collector of contemporary botanical art.

The Salida Council for the Arts is a 501c3 non-profit based in Salida, Colorado. The organization was founded in 2002 to facilitate community access to arts grants and other types of government and foundation funding. The SCFTA’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by nurturing and supporting excellence in the arts; to increase the community’s awareness of and appreciation for the arts; to promote and encourage arts education; and to serve as liaison between the arts, business, government, and educational institutions.